Schichtl Tavern, for example, offers exclusively organic and regionally raised meat from Hermannsdorfer, a well-respected organic farm. "With meat, it's especially important that it's organic - people seek us out because they know this, " said catering head Conny Berke.
Due to the purity law that has governed German beer for nearly 500 years, only non-genetically modified barley, hops and yeast are allowed to be used. And any self-respecting brewery would insist that it's served out of glass or porcelain mugs.
When the mugs are cleaned and rinsed, even the water is reused - to flush the toilets, in five of the 14 festival tents.
Reduce, reuse, recycle
The big breakthrough happened in 1991, when the city administration banned the use of disposable tableware. So instead of paper plates, porcelain returned to the festival tables. This move alone reduced waste by 90 percent.
Before the move, 8, 100 tons of waste was produced; by 2014, this figure was 958 tons. Or, translated per Oktoberfest visitor, a mere 200 grams (7 ounces) each.
Most drinkers in beer tents don't realize their waste is flushed away with reused grey water
Evi Thiermann, of Munich's waste utility AWM, expressed satisfaction with the result. "We could still improve the separation of recyclable paper from waste, " she told DW. Thiermann sees the plastic plate ban as a blessing - otherwise, festival waste would be a big problem.
Tourists could be pleased about all the glass and porcelain for another reason: Oktoberfest mugs make great souvenirs, even if they're not allowed to take them home. You'd just have to have enough sobriety - or at least drunken wits - to smuggle them past security personnel.
Businesses seeking a stand at Oktoberfest have to fulfill a list of 13 criteria, among them eco-friendliness. This pushes the festival in a green direction, as competition for a spot on the "Wiesn" is fierce.
Two-passenger rickshaws are pushed with muscle power alone
Hans Spindler, director of event management with the city of Munich, emphasized the importance of environmental protection. "Especially with such a large event - that uses a lot of electricity, produces solid waste and emissions, " he told DW. And he admits: It's also good advertising.
Since 2000, all the public areas of the festival - like streetlights and toilets – have been powered with energy from renewable sources. Added to this, 60 percent of the independent fairgrounds people and tent operators have voluntarily switched to renewables as well.
Oktoberfest fairground rides like the freefall tower or "Wilde Maus" rollercoaster generate their shrieks with hydropower from the Munich utility. This is especially worthwhile considering the quantity of electricity used: 3 million kilowatt-hours, enough to power 1, 200 Munich households for a year.
And in some cases, no electricity is needed at all: more than 200 bicycle taxis provide Oktoberfest visitors with emissions-free mobility.
Blissfully unaware - of how green it is
Spindler admits that most Wiesn-visitors don't make eco-friendliness their top priority: "For them, what makes this people's party is the location." he said. He added, "Enjoyment and high spirits clearly stand in the foreground." So most stands don't bother to push their environmental credentials.
But even if Oktoberfest partygoers don't care too much about eating their organic meat from reusable plates, that the electricity for their rollercoaster ride is from renewables, or that they get home CO2-free via bicycle rickshaw - the environment benefits, nonetheless.What does 7 inch look like? What does normative mean? What does straight mean? What is hell? How to freeze panes in excel? How to get periods immediately if delayed? How to password protect excel? how to use xpath helper in chrome What are the reactants of photosynthesis? Why is tips placed? how many calories are in hamburger helper chessburger macaroni? What does bmw mean? Why do the tips of my plants turn brown? What does siuuuu mean? How to hide your phone number? What does self sufficient mean? How to find angles of a triangle? What does taint mean? 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